[Oopsy, got busy and forgot to poast this on the proper prompt day. Sorries!]
Recently I went to the L.A. County Fair out in Pomona and had a fabulous time. I learned that it’s the largest county fair in the country, which makes sense, given that Los Angeles has, what, 4 millionish peeps? One of the things that made this fair so enjoyable for me was that even though it was crowded I didn’t feel squashed in by folks because there was so much space to move around in. We even found a lunch table, in the shade! That never happens at the O.C. Fair. (And I hate eating standing up.) We had to stand for a while when we were listening to the karaoke contestants, but then we got seats, which was awesome.
The karaoke was spectacular! This was the reason I was interested in schlepping all the way out to Pomona in the first place. Some of you may recall that I attended an Elvis karaoke festival in Garden Grove in August, which was super fun (and super beastly hot), where California Elvii competed for three top prizes, and I wanted to follow up with the winners by watching them compete against each other and more winners, or so I thought, at this thing. I assumed there would be a plethora of western Elvii again going for prizes, which these winninger winners would take to Vegas later on to compete on a national or even international level for Elvis world champ. And that’s what you get for assuming ~ it was nothing like that.
One, my favorite (turquoise) Elvis, who got third place in Garden Grove, bailed on Pomona. Two, the otter two were simply in the ordinary karaoke lineup. Three, there was no special “Elvis” section to the karaoke. It was just a whole bunch of impersonators. But! They were all super-duper great, so it was still worthwhile (not to mention the rest of the day was fun too). In fact, the Tom Jones guy was unbelievably fabulous. And he won the contest! Since the turquoise Elvis was MIA, I immediately switched loyalties to TJ because I’m fickle like that.
One thing that you can always count on at fairs is getting a good bang for your buck in the food department. Someone must have figured out that people would rather spend twice as much for three times the normal portion of a munch item, since that’s the only option at any of the various food stands (except at the not-so-generous vegan taco place… what’s up with that?). Want some curly fries? You have to buy a “sleeve” of ‘em for $10 ($9.17 plus tax, cleverly calculated so no one has to do any pesky math), which is more than enough for three people.
Of course they had the “famous” turkey legs, though I didn’t notice the price since I wasn’t interested in gnawing on Ben Franklin’s favorite fowl. While I stood in line for fries though, I did end up with a face full of smoke for several minutes, not unlike my old bar days in Chi-town, and had a husky voice all day Sunday.
In the mood for a sweet? I was. Before it cooled off, I thought I might like some ice cream ~ the mid-afternoon high temps were in the mid-90s and I was super-sweaty, but the second the sun set, it became downright chilly and the idea of ice cream lost its appeal. I switched to cookies, being a flexible sort. But this wasn’t the mall, and there was no Mrs. Field’s. You don’t buy one cookie at the fair. LOL! One cookie! Silly! You buy a sleeve (what’s with these sleeves?) or a bucket. Since the bucket had my friend’s name on it, she bought one, for $15. We all shared, and there were leftovers to take home. I must say, they were absolutely delicious.
Sorry I cannot report on the quality of any of the more outrageous items, but if I were going to try one… I would have found it difficult to choose between the Fireball infused caramel donut and the caramel coconut Samoa. Omgosh!
Well done, Los Angeles.
Via The Daily Prompt: Generous